Vegan Shahi Mushroom Korma

November 21, 2016mayurisjikoni
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Vegan Shahi Mushroom Korma is a rich, flavourful, aromatic and creamy mushroom curry with exotic spices. The creaminess of this curry comes from the cashew nuts and thick coconut milk. Best to enjoy this Vegan Shahi Mushroom Korma with some naan, rotis, parathas or rice. Korma are usually not very spicy, therefore allowing the flavours of other spices to come through.

FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group 

Every week my blogging scene is a bit like the following:

  • Try and prepare and write out the post before Monday.
  • I wait impatiently to see what the rest of the members have made pertaining to the chosen theme.
  • By Monday evening or Tue visit the posts and comment on them.
  • Tuesday the group’s Whatsapp goes all haywire as we try and decide on the theme.
  • So basically we get 5 days to prepare the dish. But 5 days just fly and by Sunday I’m thinking “oh dear my dish is not ready”. Then its like a storm in the kitchen. Well that’s the scene nowadays till my daughter gets married.

When I’m in Mombasa I usually have the dish ready before Saturday as usually hubby and I go to our beach apartment to spend the weekend.

Theme: Mughlai Cuisine

The group decided to prepare a dish from the Mughlai Cuisine as our 67th theme. Must admit that till now have enjoyed rich curries, kebabs, pulao and biryanis but now knowing exactly from which cuisine of India or which part of India it originates from. So the research on the Internet began.


What Is Mughlai Cuisine?

Mughlai cuisine is basically food prepared with a variety of aromatic spices varying from slightly mild to spicy. This cuisine was introduced to India by the Mughal Empire. It is believed that when they came to India, they were not happy with the food prepared locally and they introduced a lot of spices, nuts, fruits and cooking methods.

Mughals being Muslims, most of the dishes were meat based and some vegetables were added to enhance the preparation. Most of the dishes are either of Turkic or Persian origins. Mughlai food basically consists of main dishes accompanied by side dishes. Biryanis, kebabs, kormas (qorma), koftas, naans are a part of the Mughlai cuisine.

Compared to other cuisines of India, Mughlai gravy dishes are rich in spices, nuts, dairy products, thick and creamy. Vegetables and paneer were introduced into the Mughlai cuisine to suit the vegetarian palate. That does not mean that the Mughals didn’t have a palate for sweets or desserts. Most famous Mughlai dessert or sweet preparations are Shahi Tukra, Sheer Korma, Falooda, Kulfi, Anjeer halwa to name a few.

What Is Korma?

I decided to make Vegan Shahi Mushroom Korma for this theme. So what is korma(kurvama, qorma,kurma, khorma)? Basically the meat is braised(cooked at hight heat dry or with liquid) and then added to the gravy and cooked over low heat. A mixture of spices are added to the korma along with yogurt and cream. Once the dairy product is added, the cooking temperature is controlled so that the cream or yogurt does not curdle. Shahi means royal and the dish is rich with cream, nuts, saffron, dried fruits.

My Dish – Vegan Shahi Mushroom Korma

Being a vegetarian I decided to make the korma using mushrooms. Following the same recipe one can replace the mushrooms with mixed vegetables, paneer, kofta, etc. As my preparation is vegan, I’ve replaced the cream/yogurt with coconut milk. Thickness of the korma depends entirely on your preference but usually Mughlai curries are not watery.

What do I do if the korma appears watery?

If you’ve added more water by mistake, you cannot burn it off without altering the texture the vegetables. Therefore, best to add some cashew nut or almond flour to it.

Is Korma Spicy?

Korma is usually not very spicy. For me the heat from the green chilli used is enough. However, you can add more green chilli paste or red chilli powder. I’ve used Kashmiri red chilli powder which is mild and adds more colour.

Some Of The Mughlai Dishes My Family Loves:

Mughlai Egg Curry, usually paired with Qubani Naan.
Gobi Musallam with some methi naan
As dessert we love our Badam Kesar Pista Kulfi. Especially during Eid we do not miss a chance to enjoy Sheer Khurma.


The Group Foodies_Redoing Old Posts, started by Renu who blogs at Cook With Renu. This group helps the members to make an effort to update old posts. This is our 72nd  one. This time am updating Vegan Shahi Mushroom Korma. The recipe remains the same but I’ve updated this post with more structured write up, better photos and a video.

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First Published on 21/11/2016. Updated on 19/03/2022

Ingredients Required For Vegan Shahi Mushroom Korma:

  • Mushrooms – I have used normal white button mushrooms. Wash them if they are really dirty. Wipe them immediately with a kitchen cloth. Don’t soak mushrooms in water or leave them wet as they very quickly absorb water. If they are not too dirty, wipe them clean with a wet cloth. Cut the mushrooms into thick slices or chunks.
  • Onion – peel and chopped into chunks or slices. Can use red, white or yellow onion.
  • Garlic – peeled and cut into pieces.
  • Ginger – peeled and chopped.
  • Green Chillis – add according to your taste. Chop them.
  • Cashew Nuts – you need some for garnishing and some for the curry base.
  • Poppy Seeds -khus khus, optional.
  • Melon or Sunflower Seeds – adds creaminess to the curry.
  • Oil/ Coconut Oil – I have used sunflower oil.
  • Fresh Tomato Puree
  • Saffron – soak it in 2 tbsp of water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Almonds, Cashew nuts, Pistachios, Raisins – for garnishing.
  • Water – normal tap water.
  • Coconut Milk – thick coconut milk, I have used canned coconut milk.
  • Kasuri Methi – dried fenugreek leaves. Easily available in Indian stores or online.
  • Turmeric Powder – haldi, hardar.
  • Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – mild chilli powder, better known for its lovely red colour. Easily available in Indian Stores or online.
  • Garam Masala or Korma Masala – homemade or ready made. Easily available in Indian Stores or Online.
  • Salt – add according to your taste.



Cinnamon, green cardamom, mace, bay leaf, black cardamom, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, pepper corns, cloves




Vegan Shahi Mushroom Korma is a rich, flavourful, aromatic and creamy mushroom curry with exotic spices. The creaminess of this curry comes from the cashew nuts and thick coconut milk.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine Indian, Mughlai
Servings 4



  • 200 g mushrooms
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1-2 green chilli
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp

    poppy seeds 

  • 1 tbsp melon seeds/sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • tsp saffron
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp garam or korma masala
  • ¾-1 tsp salt


  • 1 one inch cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 1 strand mace
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 6 pepper corns


  • 4-6 cashew nuts
  • 4-6 almonds
  • 4-6 pistachios
  • 6-8 raisins



  • Dry roast the spices in a wide pan over low heat till the cumin begins to crackle. Make sure you stir the spices constantly.
  • Take the pan off the heat. Spread the roasted spices in a plate to cool.
  • Grind the spices in coffee grinder or dry grinder.
  • Keep the korma spice on the side till required.


  • Soak the saffron in hot water.
  • Wash and wipe the mushrooms. Cut them into halves or quarters depending on the size.
  • Peel and cut the onion into chunks.
  • Peel and cut garlic and ginger into pieces.
  • Cut the green chilli into rings.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan over low heat.
  • Add the cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios and raisins. Fry for a few seconds.
  • Remove the nuts and raisins and keep on the side for garnishing.
  • Add the chopped onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Stir fry till the onion becomes soft and light brownish in colour.
  • Add cashew nuts. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the seeds. Stir fry for 30 seconds.
  • Puree the above mixture into a paste without adding any water.
  • Heat remaining oil in the same pan.
  • Stir fry the paste for 1-2 minutes. If required, add some more oil.
  • Add turmeric and chilli powder. Mix well.
  • Add the tomato puree. Mix. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms and salt. Mix well.
  • Add water. Cover the pan and allow the mushrooms to cook for 5 minutes over medium heat. You don’t want to overcook them.
  • Add coconut milk , korma masala and the saffron water. Mix well.
  • Allow the mixture to become hot but do not boil it.
  • Crush kasuri methi between your palms and add to the korma. Mix well.
  • Garnish with the fried nuts and raisins.
  • Serve with naans, rice, rotis or parathas.


  • Add the korma spice according to your taste.
  • Store leftover korma spice in an airtight jar. Can use it for other curries.
  • Add vegetables or paneer along with mushrooms if you like.
  • Can replace the coconut milk with fresh cream if you don’t want to prepare the vegan version.
  • Add a bit of water or coconut milk if the gravy becomes too thick.
Keyword mushroom korma, mushroom kurma recipe, vegan shahi mushroom korma

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  • Amrita Roy

    November 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

    lot of flavour goes in the gravy… totally royal

  • Saswati Hota

    November 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    What a lovely write up dee and the korma looks shahi…rich and creamy.

  • Cooking at Mayflower

    November 21, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Rich flavorful gravy. Love it

  • Gloria Fernandes

    November 22, 2016 at 6:07 am

    rich and flavourful korma ..looks delicious

  • Nisa@ flavour diary

    November 22, 2016 at 10:42 am

    super yummy loved all those dry fruits on top a lot…yummy share dee

  • Rupal Patel

    November 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Rich share!!!:)

  • Sujata Roy

    November 22, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Shahi korma looks rich and delicious. Loved it.

  • Kriti Singhal

    November 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Loved the creamy texture.. Awesome recipe!

  • Pushpita Singh

    November 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Indeed a Shahi share Di!

  • Ruxana Gafoor

    November 23, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Rich and flavorful gravy…delicious

  • Preethi Prasad

    November 27, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Love this rich Shahi Korma👌🏻👌🏻

  • Uma Raghupathi

    March 21, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    5 stars
    All my favorite ingredients and plus it is vegan. It win-win for my family. We enjoyed this curry with naan! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 21, 2022 at 5:15 pm

      You’re most welcome Uma and am glad that you and your family enjoyed this vegan shahi mushroom korma.

  • Anshika Juneja

    March 23, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    5 stars
    Your mushroom korma recipe looks so delicious. I have tried this before but I’ve never used nuts or dryfruits in the curry. Also, this recipe is vegan so i’m definitely making it this weekend.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2022 at 6:25 am

      Thank you so much Anshika, as it is a shahi korma, I usually add the dried fruits and nuts to make the dish richer. Give it a try.

  • Seema Sriram

    March 24, 2022 at 3:37 am

    5 stars
    We had a box of mushrooms right in the fridge as if they were waiting to be part of your recipe. The korma came out so tasty and it is deliciously creamy.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2022 at 6:22 am

      Thank you so much Seema, am so glad you enjoyed the mushroom korma. Thanks for trying out the recipe.

  • Lata Lala

    March 24, 2022 at 9:31 am

    5 stars
    Being a mushroom lover family, I couldn’t afford to miss your Shahi mushroom korma recipe Mayuri.

    As per the name, it turned out Shahi and awesome with delicious korma that had nuts and other spices.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 24, 2022 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much Lata for trying out the recipe. With all those spices, nuts and dried fruits it sure is a Shahi treat.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    March 28, 2022 at 11:32 am

    5 stars
    My boys love shahi kurma and this vegan recipe is just the best! I in fact like the coconut milk flavor much better than the regular cream in the korma after trying this recipe. Thanks you so much for sharing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 29, 2022 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya. Like you we too prefer the one with coconut milk as opposed to the cream one, more flavourful.

  • Kalyani

    March 31, 2022 at 12:23 am

    5 stars
    the husband is a HUGE fan of mushroom and would love this shahi mushroom korma, will make it for him once he’s allowed to take coconut milk. sounds so rich and truly Shahi!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 31, 2022 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani. Rich in flavour but not like rich for the tummy as coconut milk is so much lighter than cream.

  • Hayley Dhanecha

    April 2, 2022 at 5:34 am

    5 stars
    Since American airline introduced Mushroom to us in 2010, (long story) we always look out for different mushroom recipes, especially my Dad. We tried this shahi mushroom korma recipe over the weekend, and everyone had seconds. Rich, delicious yet light on tummy.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 3, 2022 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you so much Hayley for trying out the mushroom korma recipe. Am so glad everyone enjoyed it.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    April 2, 2022 at 5:52 am

    5 stars
    Shahi Mushroom Curry looks delicious. The coconut milk makes it flavoursome, will make it. It makes a good side dish with roti or nan.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 3, 2022 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, please try out the recipe. I love the flavour that coconut milk adds.

  • Amrita Roy

    April 4, 2022 at 3:37 am

    5 stars
    First time I prepared vegan shahi mushroom korma following your recipe. It turned out creamy and delicious. My family relished it with some paratha.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 5, 2022 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you so much Amrita for trying out vegan shahi mushroom korma. Am so happy that the family relished it.

  • Vandana

    April 6, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    5 stars
    Your recipes are always so unique. Made this shahi mushroom korma for dinner yesterday and it was so delicious. Everyone in my family loved it, will make it again next week.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 6, 2022 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much Vandana for trying out the recipe. Am so glad that the family loved it.

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